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La Bostella

A Feature film by Édouard Baer

Release in France : 07/06/2000

    Synopsis

    A group of crazy friends get together in a house in the Camargue for a month during summer to prepare a television show. Their leader tries to keep everything on an even keel, despite the fractious atmosphere. It's all go: emotions run high, high enough to make our gang want to tear their hair out; unforgettably violent break-ups are followed by intense, tear-shedding get-togethers. La Bostella: "Alternating between joy and pain, rejoicing and contrition. Stay in time, keep the heartbeat normal. It's the first mimed dancedrama. Let's all dance La Bostella!"

    Actors (13)

    Production and distribution (2)

    French distribution :

    Pathé Distribution

    Subject

    The protagonist is tormented by no longer knowing if he’s funny or not, by the idea of becoming a laugh-machine. It’s weird to be a professional comic – as grotesque as being a professional intellectual. Humor obviously requires work, but it boils down to making a profession from a state of mind and a sense of humor, two things which will never be acquired skills. The stand-up comics who stroll onto the stage always seem to be saying, “Hey, am I gonna make you guys laugh!” I’d be terrified of that. I’ve never really bought the calculated gags, the accents, the series of funny stories. I prefer things that escape the mechanical- – everything bizarre, fragile, in short human.

    Edouard Baer, director (excerpt from press kit)

    Full credits (8)

    Screenwriters :

    Édouard Baer, Fabrice Roger-Lacan

    Sound Recordist :

    Michel Cazan

    Editor :

    Marco Cavé

    Costume designer :

    Laurence Lapoyade

    Director of Photography :

    Laurent Machuel

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Myriam Bruguière, Olivier Guigues

    Production Designer :

    David Szynkowicz

    French Distributor :

    Richard Pezet

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Production language :

    French

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French

    Production year :

    2000

    French release :

    07/06/2000

    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    97.890

    Visa issue date :

    24/05/2000

    Approval :

    Yes

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.85

    Audio format :

    Dolby SR